High Point Progresses to Semi Finals at USRowing Youth National Championships

Smiling in Sarasota: Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins enjoyed a successful outing on Day One at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships.

Sarasota, Florida – High Point rowers Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich finished with the sixth fastest time in the initial time trial of the women’s pair on Day One at the USRowing Youth National Championships.

The result places them among the top 12 crews from the field which will race in the semi final round on Saturday morning. The fastest six boats in the semi final round will then race in the grand final on Sunday.

“This was an emotional part of the process,” said High Point coach Gene Kininmonth after the morning time trial. “For our club, competing at the national championships for the first time, you’re way out of your comfort zone coming in because it is all new territory and there are so many crews from all across the country you have never raced before. So today’s result was both a relief and reaffirming for all of us.”

Saturday’s semi-final race will take place at 9:12 am.

The race will be live streamed by USRowing here: https://www.youtube.com/user/usrowingorg

For live results click here: https://www.herenow.com/results/#/races/20374/results

High Point’s Junior Ognovich and Maddie Mullins launch for the 2017 USRowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota, Florida.

Youth Crew Celebrates Season and Seniors at Spring Banquet

Highly polished silver awards are now a Spring Crew Banquet tradition thanks to the generous philanthropic support of the Club’s Patron Jackie King.

High Point Rowing Club’s youth rowers celebrated the end of spring with coaches and parents at the annual Crew Banquet at Oak Hollow Lake on Monday evening.

Connie Curri, who is Charlotte’s mum and parent liaison to the team, thanked parents of the rowers for their generous support of the team, in particular those who hosted the food tables at all the crew regattas, the ‘Duck Committee’ of fathers, who ran the on water activities of the club’s regattas, and the group of mothers, who managed the timing systems and greatly assisted crews in launching and returning the boats to shore at home regattas. Connie then passed the baton of parent liaison to Sierra’s mum Beth Heer for the 2017-18 season.

“This is always my favorite annual rowing event of the year,” said coach Gene Kininmonth following a delicious pot luck feast. “We are here this evening to celebrate victories won, battles hard fought, and to send off three incredible high school seniors.”

Coach Gene thanked Jaclyn Hronich, Paul Herger, Mandy Greene, and Connie Curri for their service as coaches to the Crew and then welcomed the team’s alumni, Katie Ognovich ’14, Addy Millsap ’15, Andrew Wright ’15, Adam Alt ’16, and Kyle Koval ’16, who had returned to the crew for the evening.

Then it was time to pay tribute to the rowers themselves.

“We have many victories to celebrate tonight,” said Gene. “We opened our Spring season at the Clemson Sprints, where we won countless medals before returning to High Point for the State Championships where our club won 7 state championships.”

“To add to this success, our rowers won bronze in the women’s U17 quadsculls event and gold in the women’s pair event at USRowing’s Southeast regional Championships in Georgia. This remarkable win by Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich was a first for High Point Rowing Club.”

Gene then presented The York Cup to the crew that recorded the fastest time from Skeet Club bridge to Johnson Street bridge during the previous twelve months. The York Cup crew of 2017 was coxswain Charlotte Curri, stroke Ainsley Fox, Molly Hilemn, William Hundley, Nick Rieker, Matthew Hronich, Jake Bryant, Sierra Heer, Kinkead Crotts. The crew set a time of 16 minutes 38 seconds.

The 2017 York Cup Crew with their silver awards at the Crew Banquet at Oak Hollow Lake.

Coach Gene then presented the club’s Rower of the Year awards to Charles York and Maddie Mullins, who themselves then presented individual awards to rowers for ‘Middle School MVP’, ‘Most Improved’, and ‘Rookie of the Year’.

The most important part of the ceremonies then arrived as seniors Charles York, Maddie Mullins, and Lizzy Knorr were honored and thanked for their service to the crew. The evening then took an emotional turn with each senior passing on their jersey to a younger rower before reflecting on their personal rowing experiences with High Point Rowing Club.

Of course, no Crew Banquet would be completed until the traditional crew photo on the dock was taken.

2017 HPRC Seniors Charles York, Maddie Mullins, and Lizzy Knorr with their silver awards at the Crew Banquet at Oak Hollow Lake.

HPRC rowers William Hundley and Molly Hilemn won awards for ‘Most Improved’ at the 2017 Crew Banquet.

Matthew Hronich and Charlotte Curri won awards for Middle school MVPs at the 2017 HPRC Crew Banquet.

Benjamin Huitt was presented with the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at High Point Rowing Club’s 2017 Crew Banquet.

Rowers assemble on the dock at Oak Hollow Lake for the traditional team photo at the spring Crew Banquet.

High Point to Host State Championships

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake, – High Point Rowing Club will host the North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships on April 22, 2017, the regatta committee co-chairs Jeanne MacPherson and Mandy Greene are pleased to announce.

This will be the first ever state championship for youth rowing in North Carolina, which is the result of discussions among the head coaches of North Carolina’s premier rowing clubs: Ashevile Youth Rowing, Belmont Rowing Club, Charlotte Youth Rowing, High Point Rowing Club, and Triangle Rowing Club.

High Point’s Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake was unanimously selected by coaches as the venue for its central location and the local organizing committee’s proven success at hosting regional rowing events. In 2016 High Point hosted two spring regattas and also the High Point Autumn Rowing Festival on Oak Hollow Lake.

Festival Park offers spectators unobstructed views of the entire 1,500 meter race course from an elevated location.

Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake was unanimously selected by coaches as the venue for the 2017 North Carolina Youth Rowing State Championships.

In addition to Asheville, Charlotte, Triangle, Belmont, and High Point, a new crew, Jordan Lake Rowing Club, emerged in 2016 and will also participate in the state championships.

High Point will be racing as HPG Rowing, the umbrella for High Point and Greensboro Crew.

Whilst rowing is one of the oldest sports in America, it is still very new in the Tar Heel state. “With just six youth rowing clubs, North Carolina is still very much in the pioneering phase for this sport,” says High Point club founder Gene Kininmonth. “This presents us with lots of opportunities but also a lot of challenges when folks in our local communities are not familiar with rowing.”

Kininmonth says that in addition to the six teams racing Saturday, there have been perhaps another dozen failed attempts to start rowing clubs in North Carolina in recent years. “So, I am truly in awe of all the coaches running these successful rowing clubs. The state championship will be as much a celebration of rowing as it is a competition.”

The six clubs have entered seventy two boats to race in 35 events for the inaugural NC Youth Rowing State Championships.

Coxswains and coaches will meet with referees at 9am in front of the Command Center.

Racing is slated to begin at 10am.

All rowers, boat trailers, and spectators should enter the lake at Festival Park:

1841 Eastchester Dr, High Point, NC 27265. 

Rowing participants are advised to wear flip flops for ‘wet launching’ their boats.

A rowing crew returns to dock at Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake.

 

Navy Crew Concludes Week in High Point with Domination of West Point

Two Navy Women’s Crews raced Army in the historic first ever Army-Navy rowing encounter on Saturday, March 18, 2017 on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, NC.

High Point, NC – The United States Naval Academy’s women’s rowing program concluded its week long training camp in High Point on Saturday with a string of boat race scrimmages that saw the Midshipmen dominate West Point (Army) on Oak Hollow Lake.

Boat racing took place in eight and four-man rowing shells and Navy won each match up in decisive fashion.

While the Army – Navy rivalry is one of the biggest in college sports, in an intriguing twist this was the historic first ever match race encounter between the two rowing programs.

“Any time Army and Navy get together to compete it is a big deal,” says Navy head rowing coach Joe Schlosberg, adding that Oak Hollow Lake is an ideal setting for a training camp despite the past week’s cooler than average temperatures.

“Every one in High Point has been so welcoming to our rowers and that makes a difference,” says Coach Schlosberg.

The Naval Academy selected Oak Hollow Lake as its base camp for the second consecutive year for its protected waterway and the South’s normally temperate climate at this time of year.

“The fact that these two stories rowing programs somehow ended up in High Point to race each other for the first time is an immense personal reward to our High Point Rowing Club and all the volunteer efforts of our rowers and parents to make Oak Hollow Lake such a rower friendly venue,” said club founder Gene Kininmonth.

High Point Rowing Club loaned the Navy Crew motor boats for coaching during their stay and when one broke down High Point University stepped in to assist with an additional coach boat. High Point Rowing Club also hosted the Navy Crew to a potluck dinner in its Jamestown Erg Room during the week.

The Navy squad returned to Annapolis, MD after Saturday’s races where they will make final preparations for the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia next weekend.

The US Naval Academy won both the fours and eights events in its historic first ever scrimmage with Army in High Point NC on March 18, 2017.

High Point Rowing Club hosted Navy Women’s Crew to a potluck feast in its Jamestown Erg Room during the Midshipmen’s spring training camp.

High Point Masters and parents in the Erg Room after hosting the Navy Women’s Crew to dinner – special thanks to Jackie King (second from right) for her leadership in hosting this wonderful event.

High Point Rowers Celebrate Career of Olympic Champion Caroline Lind

Caroline Lind, who won two Olympic gold medals, was inducted into the Triad Rowers' Hall of Fame on at the High Point Country Club on November 19.

Caroline Lind, who won two Olympic gold medals, was inducted into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame at the High Point Country Club on November 19.

High Point, NC – Rowers and parents from High Point Rowing Club joined almost 200 rowers from Wake Forest University, Greensboro Crew, and High Point University at High Point Country Club on Saturday night to induct double Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame.

The occasion was the Celebration of Rowing banquet, the annual dinner to show appreciation for the sport of rowing and the local Triad rowing community. Celebration of Rowing is the one time each year when the Triad rowing community gathers to honor its own and enjoy hearing from a keynote speaker who has made a national impact on the sport of rowing.

Jack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower served as guest speaker at this year’s prestigious gala. Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team.

Author, archeologist, and international rower Jack Carlson regaled the almost 200 rowers at the Celebration of Rowing banquet with his historical account of rowing's social attire.

Author, archeologist, and international rower Jack Carlson sports his new HPRC cricket jumper at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet

Jack Carlson is also the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers and on Saturday evening he gave a riveting presentation on the many traditions and secrets of club rowing social attire. 

Jack continued a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and Caroline Lind was the inaugural guest speaker in 2014.

Co-chaired by Jackie King and Caren York, the evening began with an hour of cocktails, hors d’eouvres, and bidding on wonderful auction items, donated for the occasion and organised by Masters rowers Mandy Greene and Girl Jeanne MacPherson.

Guests were soon seated in the formal ballroom, finding their seats as designated by beautiful place cards, hand written by Jennifer Burton.  The night proceeded with Coach and emcee, Katie Jones, introducing Morgan Epling, Lizzy Knorr, and Anna Lewis to sing the National Anthem. Junior Ognovich then gave the invocation, giving thanks for all the blessings the rowers enjoy in their lives at this time of year.

Caren and Greg York hold their silver cup for 'service above and beyond' to the youth rowing program at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet at High Point Country Club.

Caren and Greg York hold their silver cup for ‘service above and beyond’ to the youth rowing program at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet at High Point Country Club.

A feast of filet mignon was then enjoyed whilst Burt Whicker played the country club’s grand piano. There is not much Burt doesn’t do these days. When he’s not rowing for High Point, he coaches rowing for both Greensboro Crew and High Point University and keeps the rowing equipment race worthy for all three clubs.

Connie Curri, who has spear headed parent involvement with the youth program this year, then presented the Mary Hollingsworth Cup to Greg & Caren York for their years of service ‘above and beyond’ to the crew.

Former Masters MVPs Erin Sanders and Mandy Greene presented the 2016 MVP Cup to Jackie King (center).

Former Masters MVPs Erin Sanders and Mandy Greene presented the 2016 MVP Cup to Jackie King (center).

The next highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Masters MVP Silver Cup. Former MVPs Mandy Greene and Erin Sanders were honored to present this year’s award to Jackie King.

Maddie Mullins was awarded the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to her fellow rowers at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Maddie Mullins was awarded the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to her fellow rowers at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Each of the Triad’s head coaches and club Presidents were then invited to the podium to speak briefly about their programs. During his moment, Gene Kininmonth took the opportunity to present the Caroline Howard Cup for service and inspiration to the club from a youth rower to 2016 senior Maddie Mullins.

But the highlight of the night was the induction of Caroline Lind into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame. Lind, a Greensboro native won two Olympic gold medals – first at the Beijing Games in 2008 in the United States women’s eight-oared crew and then again at the London Games in 2012. Lind also won world championship titles for the USA in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014.

She was declared the World’s Female Rower of the Year in 2014 by FISA, the international governing body of the sport.

On Saturday, Caroline was presented with an oar blade mounted on a cherry wood plaque, denoting her many significant rowing achievements. Coach Gene Kininmonth returned to the podium to read the induction proclamation before presenting the oar blade to Caroline Lind, who concluded the evening with an inspirational speech, reflecting on her rowing career.

The banquet co-chairs and team captains would like to thank Jack Carlson and Caroline Lind for being such gracious guests at this year’s event, as well as all the volunteers and auction item donors for their support of this year’s Celebration of Rowing – you know who you are. Thank you!!!

High Point Rowing Club founder Gene Kininmonth (left) with Caroline Lind, Jack Carlson, Keziah Beall, and Jackie King at the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Two hundred rowers and parents gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing.

Two hundred rowers and parents gathered at High Point Country Club for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing.

 

The Rowing Clubs of the Triad Cordially Invite You to the 3rd Annual Celebration of Rowing Banquet

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CELEBRATION OF ROWING BANQUET

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
Jackie King
Caren York

HOST COMMITTEE
Michael Brown
EJ Caughlin
Sam Dempsey
Morgan Epling
Scott Jones
Gene Kininmonth
Chelsea Klein
Elizabeth Knorr
Maddie Mullins
William Scarpa, III
Charles York

Refreshments with Hors d’oeuvres, Silent and Live Auctions, Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Award Presentations & Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame Induction

Cocktail attire with ‘team colors’.

B U Y   T I C K E T S

The rowing clubs of the Triad are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Celebration of Rowing banquet, scheduled for Saturday, November 19, at the High Point Country Club.

Co-hosted by High Point Rowing Club, High Point University Rowing, Wake Forest Rowing Club, and Greensboro Crew, the Celebration of Rowing banquet is in its third year of recognizing an appreciation for our sport and our local rowing community. Celebration of Rowing is the one time each year when the Triad rowing community gathers to honor its own and enjoy hearing from a keynote speaker who has made a national impact on the sport of rowing.

This year the banquet will also serve as the occasion to induct Greensboro’s double Olympic gold medalist, Caroline Lind, into the Triad Rowers’ Hall of Fame.

rowing+blazersJack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower has accepted an invitation to speak at this year’s prestigious gala. Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team. He is also the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers. 

Jack Carlson continues a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and Caroline Lind was the 2014 guest speaker.

B U Y   T I C K E T S 

From left, rowers Adam Alt, Andrew Wright and Charles York pose with two time Olympic gold medal winner Caroline Lind at the 2014 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

From left, rowers Adam Alt, Andrew Wright and Charles York pose with two time Olympic gold medal winner Caroline Lind at the 2014 Celebration of Rowing banquet.

Rowing Club to Host Youth Open House on Oct 29 & 30

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – High Point Rowing Club will host a free Open House for high school and middle school students (ages 12+) to learn more about the sport and meet members of the team at 2pm on October 29 & 30.

Use 3700 Waterview Road, High Point, NC for GPS directions. This will bring you into the lake entrance and our boats are on the right hands side of the parking lot. Participants should arrive on time and expect to stay 90 minutes. Wear flip flops and clothing suitable for the weather on the day.

R E G I S T E R    H E R E 

“Rowing is one of the most beautiful sports imaginable,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth. “There is this zen like rhythm to rowing that makes it a deeply personal experience and yet at the same time one of the ultimate team at the same time.”

The High Point youth program has competitive boys and girls rowing crews, making it the ideal cross over sport for serious athletes and students just looking for a new sport.

Click here for a list of the many reasons to row. 

For more information email Coach Gene contact@highpointrowing.com or call (336) 257-9009.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

 

Fall Parent Meeting Minutes

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – Following a parent mingle with coffee and donuts, Connie Curri (Charlotte’s mom) opened the Fall Parent Meeting for High Point Rowing Club on August 20.

McDonalds - High Point is one of our 2016 corporate sponsors!

McDonalds – High Point is one of our 2016 corporate sponsors!

Connie outlined several changes to the team’s travel arrangements this year. To reduce the burden placed on any one parent, the team would ask for two parent volunteers to ride the bus with the team, with different parents volunteering for each team trip. Parents are required on the bus to provide supervision and to also offer independence from club coaches in the case that issues arise.  Additional parent volunteers would also be needed to prepare lunches at regattas.

When it comes to team travel, parents can choose to have their child ride the team bus and stay in hotel rooms with the team or drive their child themselves and have them stay with them.

October 8: Head of the James (Richmond, VA) – Middle School included.

November 5-6: Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga, TN) – High School rowers.

November 12: Head of the South (Augusta, SC) – High School rowers.

TEAM UNIFORMS: New rowers will race in High Point t-shirts and should purchase navy spandex shorts in the Fall (about $20 from Target). A newly designed unisuit will be introduced in the spring season for all rowers.

MEDICAL FORMS – These will now be done ONLINE. An email will go out to parents with a link to the form.

Connie then asked parents to introduce themselves and say who their child is and where they go to school. Following this Connie introduced head coach Gene Kininmonth.

Gene stressed that safety of the rowers at all times is the first priority of High Point Rowing Club. “If we are not sure, we stay on shore.” Gene pointed out that the strict safety protocols that the club uses at Oak Hollow Lake will be maintained when the team attends regattas, pointing out that at Dogwood Regatta last spring the club had held its varsity crews onshore for finals when thunder was heard across the course, even though regatta officials continued racing.

With safety first and foremost in mind, our MISSION STATEMENT is that High Point Rowing Club is a recreational rowing club where we strive to meet every athlete’s most competitive personal goals.

“Each year my goal for the club is not just to be better than the last but the best ever. This year that is a bigger challenge than ever with so many recent rowers graduating, and that makes it exciting and a challenge i am looking forward to,” said Gene.

“This year we have some terrific, hard working young rowers on our squad. And the best way we can support them is by helping to recruit a strong team. The club relies almost entirely on Facebook for marketing. Remarkably, we have no connections to any of the public schools in High Point. Any direction you could offer to make introductions to High school guidance counselors or PE instructors, or athletic directors would be invaluable.”

Gene then discussed the new developments for the club.

Coaching staff updates:
With the departure of Allie Davis, Gene began an immediate search for a new coach for the varsity girls squad. However, at almost the same time the NCAA changed its rules to permit university women’s rowing programs to hire a 4th assistant coach to its staff. Previously they were restricted to only three. This has lead to a hiring binge for rowing coaches making the market for available coaches extremely small and the cost to hire an appropriate coach significantly more. Meanwhile, the club’s revenues fell significantly over the summer. Masters membership dropped 50% from the previous year and youth summer membership was down as well. Gene attributed this to a hotter summer than usual and an improved economy where families were travelling for vacation more. Gene will continue to search for a new coach and expects to announce the hire  in time for the spring season.

Greensboro Crew: 
Last month we started Greensboro Crew. Gene went into the thinking behind this decision:

  • A large percentage of High Point rowers were travelling 35 minutes or more each way on the roads each day. Many of these students are from Greensboro. This is not a way to build a successful program.
  • Local competition. We need more local races and the media profile that accompanies local competition.

How will Greensboro work with High Point?  We are all one club but with separate local identities. We are each other’s competition when we race each other several times a year. We will come together as crew mates for outside competition. Team GHP or GHP Rowing or whatever catches on. In 12 months we see the best rowers from both locations merging at a special camp after the regular spring season to form super crews for SE Regionals to qualify for Nationals.

From an operational standpoint each base will operate separate books. So, when you make a donation to High Point Rowing Club your money will be invested right here and gifts to Greensboro Crew your money will stay invested there.

CREW ADVISORY BOARD
This Fall the club will be supported by an advisory board. This will be a working board comprised of coaches, masters, and parents who are engaged in the volunteer efforts of the club. For example, it will include our Celebration of Rowing co-chairs, Jackie King and Caren York, our High Point Autumn Rowing Festival regatta co-chairs Mandy Greene and Jeanne MacPherson, our parent volunteers such as Connie and others who will be riding the bus to regattas and feeding the rowers and coaches.

The advisory board is expected to meet at least 4-5 times each year to provide counsel and feedback on the club’s projects, events and other endeavors.

Following brief questions the Fall parent meeting concluded. The Club would like to express its thanks to Jackie King for providing coffee from her High Point McDonalds restaurant for the meeting.

Announcement: Celebration of Rowing Banquet

High Point, North Carolina – The date has been set and a special guest speaker is confirmed for the 2016 Celebration of Rowing banquet, the event co-chairs Jackie King and Caren York are pleased to announce.

Jack Carlson, author, archaeologist, and national team rower has accepted an invitation to speak at this year’s prestigious gala set for Saturday evening, November 19 at High Point Country Club. Greensboro Crew coach and Masters rower Katie Jones will serve as master of ceremonies for this occasion.

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Jack is a three-time member of the United States national rowing team and 2015 World Championships bronze medalist.  He has also won the Head of the Charles Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta, and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Jack earned his doctorate in archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar, and his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  His research interests include the visual trappings of status and power; the art and archaeology of the Roman Principate and Qin-Han period China; menswear; and Neapolitan pizza.  Jack is the author of the acclaimed book Rowing Blazers (Thames & Hudson, 2014), A Humorous Guide to Heraldry, and a wide variety of academic and popular articles.

“The Celebration of Rowing banquet is such a special event,” says club founder Gene Kininmonth. “Being in the presence of such unique thought leaders of our sport, such as Jack Carlson is what make this night such a not to be missed occasion.”

Jack Carlson continues a banquet tradition of introducing world renowned rowing leaders to the Triad. Cutting edge rowing boat maker, Misha Joukowsky, spoke in 2015 and double Olympic gold medalist, Caroline Lind, was the 2014 guest speaker.

All members of the Triad rowing community including High Point Rowing Club, High Point University, and Greensboro Crew are invited to attend. Parents and rowers wishing to volunteer to help should extend their expression of support to the co-chairs.

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High Point Rowing Anniversary Set for September 10

10639690_10152639569904376_4959141144622408802_nHigh Point Rowing Club will celebrate its 4th birthday on Saturday, September 10 with a Bridge to Bridge Time Trial for club members at Oak Hollow Lake. Students will be boated by their class year. A potluck brunch for rowers, families and friends will follow the boat races.

The club will have much to celebrate after four years, with record number of rowers joining the Masters program for adults and the scholastic program for students from public and private schools across the Triad.

Last year 9 eight-man crews as well as some smaller boats lined the start of the race course at Skeet Club Bridge to race the full extent of Oak Hollow Lake to Johnson Street Bridge and club founder Gene Kininmonth predicts there could be more crews this year.

All rowers participating in the Crew’s 4th Anniversary Boat Races should arrive at Oak Hollow Lake by 8am and be dressed appropriately for the weather on the day. A Signup Genius email will be sent to all members and parents with details of the potluck.

Boys and girls attending any Triad area school (Grade 6 -12) are eligible to join the team. No experience necessary. Adults will have the opportunity to join a learn to row class in August. Email contact@highpointrowing.com or see the Registration page for details.

Crew Celebrates with Last Row & Spring Banquet

Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – High Point Rowing Club’s youth program capped off its spring season with one last row before celebrating at the Crew Banquet with coaches and parents on Wednesday evening.

“This is always my favorite annual rowing event of the year,” said coach Gene Kininmonth following a delicious pot luck feast. “We are here this evening to celebrate victories won, battles hard fought, and to send off our high school seniors.”

Mary Hollingsworth, who is parent liaison to the team and a director of the non-profit board, then  thanked parents of the rowers for their generous support of the team, in particular those who hosted the food tables at all crew regattas, the ‘Duck Committee’ of fathers, who ran the on water activities of the club’s regattas, and the group of mothers, who managed the timing systems and greatly assisted crews in launching and returning the boats to shore at home regattas.

Coach Gene thanked Mary Hollingsworth and Scott Jones, Mandy Greene, and Allie Davis for their coaches service to the Crew.

The coaches then presented The York Cup to the crew that recorded the fastest time from Skeet Club bridge to Johnson Street bridge during the previous twelve months. The York Cup crew of 2016 is coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Junior Ognovich, Kyle Koval, William Scarpa, Adam Alt, Emma Lloyd, Olivia Corriere, Ainsley Fox, and bow seat Alexis Berg. The crew set a new record time of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

The 2016 York Cup winners from left Alexis Berg, Ainsley Fox, Olivia Corriere, Emma Lloyd, Adam Alt, William Scarpa III, Kyle Koval, Junior Ognovich, and Morgan Epling. The crew set a new record of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

The 2016 York Cup winners from left Alexis Berg, Ainsley Fox, Olivia Corriere, Emma Lloyd, Adam Alt, William Scarpa III, Kyle Koval, Junior Ognovich, and Morgan Epling. The crew set a new record of 14 minutes 7 seconds.

Coach Gene and Coach Allie then presented individual awards to rowers for ‘Middle School MVP’, ‘Most Improved’, ‘Rookie of the Year’, and ‘Rower of the Year’.

The most important part of the ceremonies then arrived as seniors Victoria Goldin, Adam Alt, Mac Warwick, Emma Lloyd, Kevin Capps, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, Austin Young, Kyle Koval, and Aliute Udoka were honored and thanked for their service to the crew. The evening then took an emotional turn with each senior passing on their jersey to a younger rower before reflecting on their rowing experience with High Point Rowing Club.

HPRC Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Kyle Koval and Victoria Goldin.

HPRC Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Kyle Koval and Victoria Goldin.

HPRC Middle School MVPs for 2016 are Alexander Berg and Charlotte Curri.

HPRC Middle School MVPs for 2016 are Alexander Berg and Charlotte Curri.

High Point Rowing Clubs 2016 Rookies of the Year are Lauren Brodeur and William Scarpa III.

High Point Rowing Clubs 2016 Rookies of the Year are Lauren Brodeur and William Scarpa III.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

HPRC Senior Class of 2016 with their coaches Allie Davis and Gene Kininmonth.

Crew board director and parent liaison Mary Hollingsworth thanks parent volunteers at the 2016 Crew Banquet.

Crew board director and parent liaison Mary Hollingsworth thanks parent volunteers at the 2016 Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

The traditional crew photo is taken on the dock after the spring Crew Banquet.

 

 

Youth Squad Rocks the Boat in Sarasota

Sarasota,  Florida – Two of three High Point crews qualified for the finals at the USRowing Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday.

Adam Alt and Kyle Koval earned a grand final spot in the Men’s Youth Double sculls event on Saturday morning with a third place finish in the heats. The duo are the first High Point male crew to qualify for a final at the regional regatta.

On Sunday, Adam and Kyle finished in 5th place ahead of Atlanta in the six boat final. 

Men’s Youth Doublesculls
1. Miami 6 minutes 53.37 seconds
2. Jacksonville 7:01.809
3. Sarasota 7:06.363
4. Miami Beach 7:12.898
5. High Point 7:30.918
6. Atlanta 7:33.981

“It’s good to see everyone come together and put in that work,” said Adam after racing. “I’m proud with the double, breezing to the finals and then pulling off a good sprint at the end to walk on Atlanta. Taking 5th did feel good. Sad that’s there’s no second chance at it next year but I guess four years ultimately led up to this.”

“You can’t fake your way into a final like this,” says boys varsity Coach Gene Kininmonth. “To make a final at this level of competition you have to commit in the fall season and carry that commitment through the winter. Kyle and Adam have earned this result and they can be proud of their efforts.”

Kyle Koval and Adam Alt return to shore after a 5th place finish in the Doublesculls final of the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

Kyle Koval and Adam Alt return to shore after a 5th place finish in the Doublesculls final of the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships.

High Point’s second finals appearance on Sunday was in the Women’s Youth Eights event.

High Point was seeded 7th out of eight teams in the event but on Saturday the crew of cox Morgan Epling, stroke Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins,  Junior Ognovich,  Aliute Udoka,  Emma Lloyd,  Jaclyn Hronich,  Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece upset the pundits by beating St Andrews in the first round, which earned them a place in the final.

On Sunday, the High Point crew continued to show its surprising pedigree in the final with a 4th place finish ahead of in state rival Asheville and Sarasota.

Women’s Youth Eights
1. Atlanta 6 minutes 58.65 seconds
2. Oarlando (OARS) 7:02.85
3. Nashville 7:04.608
4. High Point 7:14.056
5. Asheville 7:14.982
6. Sarasota 7:22.85

The result matched the crew’s 2015 performance.  “We tell our crews to go out and have fun before each race,” says the varsity girls coach Allie Davis.  “There is nothing more fun for a crew than performing at your peak on race day.”

High Point coxswain Morgan Epling with her women's youth eight crew at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

High Point coxswain Morgan Epling with her women’s youth eight crew at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Regional Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

High Point Announces Squad for USRowing’s SE Youth Championships

High Point, NC – Final selections have been made for USRowing’s Southeast Youth Championships to take place in Sarasota, Florida on May 14-15, the coaches have announced.

The two day championship event will consist of heats, semi finals and finals and the top three crews in each event at the regional championships will qualify for the national championships, which take place in Princeton, NJ in June. The southeast region is comprised of the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.

Girls’ varsity coach Allie Davis has selected coxswain Morgan Epling, and rowers Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mulins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Lloyd, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece to represent High Point in the Youth Eights event in Sarasota. High Point finished fourth at the event in 2015.

Boys’ coach Gene Kininmonth has selected Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Caps to represent High Point in the Youth Quad Sculls event. Kyle and Adam may also race in the Double Sculls event subject to the availability of a shell and performance at the upcoming Dogwood Regatta.

“High Point will be well represented by these rowers and coxswain in Sarasota,” says Kininmonth. “The philosophy of the club is to select crews to the Southeast Championships that we believe are capable of qualifying for the final on their best row. This is a strong squad that has proven in training and spring results that they are ready to achieve this standard.”

The event will take place at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle Sarasota, FL 34235.

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High Point will be represented by coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Loyd, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece in the Women's Youth Eights event at USRowing's Southeast Youth Championships in Sarasota, FL in May. .

High Point will be represented by coxswain Morgan Epling, stroke Victoria Goldin, Maddie Mullins, Junior Ognovich, Aliute Udoka, Emma Loyd, Jaclyn Hronich, Olivia Corriere, and Shelby Reece in the Women’s Youth Eights event at USRowing’s Southeast Youth Championships in Sarasota, FL in May. .

Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Capps row to victory in the quad sculls against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake on April 23.

Austin Young, Adam Alt, Kyle Koval, and Kevin Capps row to victory in the quad sculls against Charlotte on Oak Hollow Lake on April 23.

 

Raleigh Emerges as New Force at 2016 High Point Regatta

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake was the venue for the 2016 High Point Regatta.

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake was the venue for the 2016 High Point Regatta.

Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake, High Point – Triangle Rowing Club, the premier youth rowing program from Raleigh, turned the tables on High Point in dramatic fashion at the 2016 High Point Regatta on Saturday.

The Raleigh squad notched up 14 wins in the youth events compared to High Point’s three. High Point won the Girls First Eights, the Boys Double Sculls, and the Girls Quad sculls events.

“This was a reversal from last year when High Point dominated the regatta,” says Coach Gene Kininmonth. “I give full credit to Triangle for bouncing back the way they have. Now it is our turn to find ways to bounce forward from this weekend.”

Kininmonth says anyone watching Saturday’s races would assume that Triangle is significantly better than High Point. “The difference between the two squads isn’t that deep and is likely only 3-4 rowers on each of the boys and girls sides of the roster. Small roster differences can have big impacts on rowing squads and that is why we can see such huge swings in the results from one year to the next. Full credit to Triangle for raising the bar this year.”

In other racing action, High Point’s Masters squad raced rowers from Raleigh Rowing Center and Belmont Rowing Club on Saturday. Opening the day was the Masters Maiden Eights in which two High Point crews battled each other to the line.

High Point’s ‘most adorable couple’ of Scott and Katie Jones then led High Point to victory in the Masters Mixed Double Sculls. Scott and Katie won the Head of the South in Augusta, South Carolina last Autumn and have their sights set on the Virginia Boat Club Masters Sprints in Richmond later this summer.

In the Women’s Masters Eights final, High Point’s ‘A’ boat lost narrowly to Belmont Rowing Club in the 1,000m sprint, with High Point ‘B’ completing the field.

FULL RESULTS

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New Indoor Rowing Clinic Scheduled to Start on Monday

High Point Rowing Club is pleased to announce a new indoor rowing clinic starting on Monday. The two day a week clinic will take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm at the club’s indoor rowing studio at 124C Wade Street in Jamestown.

HPRC founder Gene Kininmonth says the clinic is suitable for adults of all ages and fitness levels.

“This is an opportunity for folks who are looking for a low impact recreational activity that utilizes 85% of the muscles in their body,” says Kininmonth. “Working out in a team environment is a key ingredient for most adults to successfully maintain a healthy fitness regiment.”

The spring indoor rowing clinic will comprise of 14 classes continuing through to Wednesday, April 20. The fee is $160.

REGISTER FOR $160

New participants should register online and bring their payment and waiver with them to the first class. Email Gene with any questions: contact@highpointrowing.com

The new clinic is open as an indoor rowing opportunity for current Spring Unlimited Masters at no additional charge. Indoor Erging

 

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